Because many of our clients are e-commerce companies, we were curious to know what level of stockouts are experienced by other e-commerce companies. We were quite surprised to find that 9 out of 10 companies we studied had 40% or more of their products stocked out. This would be like a grocery store having 4 out of 10 shelf spaces empty. We think this situation represents a significant revenue opportunity for e-commerce companies, and we have developed and implemented a solution.Read More
Specialty food and beverage companies (e.g. craft beer) have lost substantial revenue from COVID-related closings of restaurants. Fortunately, most stores are still open. To help find revenue opportunities, Webster Pacific built a tool to find stores (and other venues) where your competitors are carried and you aren’t. The redacted example below shows venues in Chicago where “XYZ Brand” of beer is stocked and other venues where competitors are stocked. This tool can be used as a hunting list for salespeople and a market strategy tool for leadership. You can interact with the map here.Read More
In the current environment, retail store sales are basically nonexistent, which means that brands are being forced to rely on Ecomm. To that end, we have been helping our clients use geospatial data to find MSAs and Zip Codes where their Ecomm is weaker than it should be. We do this by comparing our client’s Ecomm sales (where they are successful) to the presence of their competitor’s physical locations (where they should be successful). The scatter below shows a client under-performing in Midwestern markets.Read More
Webster Pacific believes that the foundation of any analysis is strategy. In our location analytics work, we go beyond what software tools and real estate brokers provide, by thinking deeply about our clients’ business and how they are strategically positioned. This means understanding the competitive landscape. We created the below 2×2 matrix to better understand the fitness landscape.
- Gyms have expanded outside of the US more than studio classes. This is a function of 1) gyms are easier to franchise and 2) the concept of studio fitness is newer than gyms.
- Equinox is not being challenged in the luxury gym space. Most competitors are in-market high-end clubs (like Bay Club, which is only on the west coast).
- There is a much smaller price-spread for studio classes than for gyms.
We are developing a new database tool for any high-end, single-brand retailer. Most of these retailers are focused on selling their brand in department stores like Neimans, Saks, and Nordstroms. Another less-traveled channel is local, high-end boutiques, which sell multiple brands, but are much smaller in size and located in only one premium neighborhood. With thousands of these boutiques in the country, finding the “right” one can be a challenge.
Through our work in retail location strategy, we have begun to develop a database of these boutiques. This database includes fields for things like brands carried, surrounding stores, years in business, and wealth-level of surrounding neighborhood. This database can be used by retail sales teams for driving growth.Read More
Part of serving our retail clients involves understanding their competitors’ target customer and market entry strategy. We analyzed Sephora, one of the largest companies in the personal care and beauty space, and found that their locations regress most closely with total households and not a particular income range. This is evidence that Sephora is a mass-market brand whose target customer comes from a wide range of income levels.
You can interact with these Tableau Vizzes here.
We’ve worked on over 40 markets around the world, helping companies use data to develop an expansion strategy and evaluate new locations. One of the first things we do when working on a new market is to study the POI (Points of Interest) data along with our wealth and demographic data. We recently made this movie, “Getting to Know Dubai,” to help educate ourselves about the market. See the movie below or click here to interact directly with the map.Read More